Hebrews 11:1 (the classic verse on faith)
She saw the catalog before we decided whether to put it in the recycle bin.
Sometimes catalogs need not to be looked at. This one is full of overpriced temptation. Usually I address this by looking only for things that I can’t make. This time we found one, and when I saw the price I even thought it reasonable. A wheelchair.
For months now she has played that my Samantha doll is ill. She stayed at a neighbor girl’s house for a week, as hospital time. She’s sitting in a shoebox made wheelchair without the wheels.
And I was tempted, really, to get it for her. But then I thought, Ravinia always wants money to send to Heydi, and Heydi’s birthday is coming up. I’ll ask Ravinia: “Do you want to buy this wheelchair or put the money in the Heydi account?”
You see, we had followed Ann Voskamp’s trip to Guatemala. The first day she was there we looked at children waiting to be sponsored. Ravinia wanted a girl, someone her own age, and she was looking for someone unhappy so she could love her. Ravinia is an only child, and since she was 2 she was praying for a sister. Now she doesn’t.
“Oh,” her expression changed with the realization that this toy cost the amount for one month of what we send to support the ministry to Heydi. “Heydi should get the money. This chair I’ve made for Samantha is fine, I don’t really need that one.”
Don’t get me wrong, I have really enjoyed American Girl dolls and books and things, and they are high quality. But I am grateful for and humbled by my daughter’s excellent response. A loving heart for the poor wins out over things I don’t need.
Her love for Heydi is full of the assurance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.